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Ascending stacks of quarters with piggybanks on top
May 13, 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) is an unparalleled investment in U.S. public education that provides $125.4 billion for state K-12 public education programs. State and district leaders have the opportunity and responsibility to use these funds to address immediate needs associated with the pandemic and to make long-term investments that will make schools more equitable over time. As part of a national convening for the Summer Learning…
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May 5, 2021
Region 5 is launching a Regional Initiative to support summer learning recovery in conjunction with Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative announced in March 2021 by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). ED hosted the National Safe School Reopening Summit and announced the launch of the The Collaborative, a partnership between the Comprehensive Center Network, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the National Governors…
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Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative logo
Apr 21, 2021
U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona recently announced the April 2021 launch of a Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative, which will be open to all states. The Collaborative will support states in using new American Rescue Plan funding to build effective summer programs, particularly for underserved communities. To express interest in joining the Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative National Convening, scheduled to be…
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Apr 19, 2021
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (R) recently offered education savings accounts (ESAs) for students in the Mountain State by signing House Bill 2013 into law, creating the “Hope Scholarship Program.” Typically, ESA programs provide a set amount of money, based on per-pupil funding for public schools, into a bank account for families who have chosen to withdraw their children from public schools. Families can use these funds to cover a…
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Apr 13, 2021
Research suggests when policies and practices related to professional learning are grounded in what quality teacher professional learning looks like, they can support and ultimately incentivize teachers to change their practices to support all students’ development of the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to thrive. Additional research challenges assumptions of a clear-cut path to fostering the widespread improvement of teaching (…

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